Lesotho Lefa la Rōna
‘Lesotho Lefa la Rōna’ was composed around 1978, in the last few years of Mohapeloa’s life. After he retired from his day job as proof-reader at Morija Printing Works, he was kept very busy helping to establish a new music department at the National (now Lesotho) Teachers’ Training College in Maseru, and during these years he revised several old songs. ‘Lesotho Lefa la Rōna’ is a rewrite of the composer’s much earlier ‘Coronation March’ (1939) which celebrated the crowing of King George VI, and has a new Sesotho text in praise of Mohapoeloa’s homeland, Lesotho. The end pages of this score in this edition show a comparison between the old and new songs.